RAM Racing will resume its 24H Series campaign this weekend (5 September) in the 24 Hours of Barcelona and has brought in sportscar star Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL) to join Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), Thomas Jaeger (DE) and Paul White (GB).
Following its race win at Paul Ricard in July, the Silverstone Park-based team is looking to take maximum points at the Circuit de Catalunya with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 to tie-up the GT3 championship win.
“We go to Barcelona with two main goals,” explained Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. “To win the race and to win the championship.
RAM Racing celebrated victory at the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard in July to add 30 points to the tally recorded from three second place finishes at Dubai, Mugello and Zandvoort. A win this weekend would see the team take the 2015 24H Series GT3 championship title.
“In addition to this year’s campaign, we’re also starting to make plans for next year and this means trying out some new drivers and seeing how they fit in with our team,” Shufflebottom added. “Adam [Christodoulou] has done a great job for us this year so now we are keen to see what Jeroen [Bleekemolen] can bring to RAM Racing.”
Bleekemolen has a string of 24-hour race wins under his belt including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nürburgring 24 Hours and Dubai 24 Hours and is keen to add Barcelona 24 Hours to this impressive list, this weekend.
“This will be my 38th 24-hour race, but I have never done the Barcelona 24 Hours before,” he commented. “So, it's great to do a new one, especially since it's with a very strong car and team.
“I have won Nurburgring 24 Hours, Dubai 24 Hours (twice) and Abu Dhabi 12 Hours in the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, so I know the car very well - I think it's one of the best cars to do a 24-hour race in.
“I'm really happy the opportunity came along to join RAM Racing. I couldn't beat them last time around at Paul Ricard, so I'm happy I can join the winners! The team has already proven many times to be one of the best and the driver line-up is great. It's always really nice when you compete for an overall win.”
Barcelona 24 Hours starts at 1200hrs on Saturday 5 September and fans in the UK can watch on Motors TV. The race is also live streamed at www.24hseries.com